Language study abroadTorquay
Language course in Torquay:
A BREATH OF THE RIVIERA
Palms and exotic tropical plants give Torquay a subtropical charm familiar from the Mediterranean or from Tessin. Every summer, thousands of sun-seekers stream to this city on the 35 km long “English Riviera”. The promenade of Torquay is then bathed in thousands of coloured lights and visitors stroll in the warm summer nights. Nightclubs, discos, theatres, concerts or the rolling dice in the casino provide excitement and entertainment. During the day, the beach is the focus of interest. The protected bay is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, and is accordingly host to several major regattas and boat races. Conditions are ideal for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. The city’s sights include the “Kent’s Cavern”, a cave that was inhabited in prehistoric times. Cockington Village, a village with houses and original artifacts from the 17th century and the 12th century Torre Abbey also attract visitors. Excursions and hikes along the coast as far as the romantic moorland landscapes of Dartmoor in the interior of the county of Devon are an absolute must, for the area, with its sagas and legends, is deeply rooted in the history of Devon and its surrounding countryside.
Many people do not know that Torquay is the scene of “Fawlty Towers”, a famous ‘70s sitcom with John Cleese and Prunella Scales. The show was, however, filmed in Cambridge and Berkshire. Tourists nevertheless still look for the “Gleneagles Hotel”. When the filming was over, Prunella Scales, the leading lady, bought “Gleneagles Hotel” and modernized it. It now belongs to the Best Western chain.